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Everything posted by DarrellP

  1. That is a great use of Lady Amherst feather.
  2. I will join if you have an open spot. I will hold off until we see if any new guys join, first. I would tie a Carey Special. I consider myself intermediate.
  3. I have been very happy with furled leaders from FC with tippet rings. I tie on Maxima as a tippet, 90% of the time. Size depends on fly and quarry. I have furled leaders for most of my rods, from 3 wt to 10 wt. I also use some hand tied leaders, and some extruded leaders. I guess I am not as sophisticated as you guys. I generally like the furled leaders because they make up for my casting, and I like to throw a lot of poppers and big flies.
  4. My first fly tying class was with Charlie Craven, so that was a lucky start. I took more classes from Mark Nobel in Vancouver, WA, may he RIP. Mark was probably my biggest influence. I was also influenced by Ed Engle and AK Best. I also enjoyed meeting Denny Rickards and learning about his flies. I have been watching videos and reading a lot of work by Jay Nichols. Of all of the tyers that I admire and would like to emulate, Syd Glasso is at the top. Pure class.
  5. Actually, I could do the same. In fact, one of my nurses told me that I look like a "midget Sasquatch" as I am short and hairy.
  6. All that I can say is "wow"! Your topping and tail placement are perfect. Hell, everything is perfect. What is the name of this one?
  7. I think that is the number of swappers that we are going to have. I appreciate your participation. Since there are only 5 of us, I recommend that any one who wants to add a second fly for each participant. If you are already finished and have it ready to mail, please disregard. I apologize to everyone that I have been MIA. I am back now. I am going through a move and did not realize how much trouble I would have with internet access at first. Trying to do this from my phone is less than ideal. Things are okay now. Again, I apologize. I am going to include an intruder and a tube fly for each of you. I was hoping that since I am in Oregon, I would find a Sasquatch nest and get some of their hair. That would one up Mark Knapp with his Mammoth hair. So far, no Sasquatch.
  8. This thing has gotten off to a slow start. We have 5 signed up so far. We need at least one more and would like to have several. I am extending the sign up date until Sept 15 and the due date to Oct 15th. These flies can be tied on shanks or cut off hooks, or tubes of course.
  9. Fly Tier, that is about how my desk looks after I have cleaned it. I like your set up. I had heard that a matt green desk was the ticket. I think I read that in AK Best's book. Anyway, great set up.
  10. What's hatching? that is what he needs.
  11. I used the google balls tentacles, and did hot have a problem with Locktite or gorilla glue CA reacting with it.
  12. What he said. And you need to put stuff that dangles and wiggles on the hook, like rubber legs and marabout. Some good advice I got was "put some dangling [email protected]#^ on a hook and fish it real slow next to the brush." The hotter it is, the deeper you fish. Remember, bass don't eat every day, they eat about every 3rd day.
  13. I agree that most of the old classic steelhead patterns have polar bear wings. To me, they are among the prettiest flies out there and they still work. I had some polar given to me and bought some two weeks ago at an Oregon fly shop. All legal. It is a bit difficult to work with compared to calf or bucktail, but it has different look that I like. I would also think that any flies that ask for a white wing would look great. I ordered some Seal from Feathercraft to complete the whole motif.
  14. If this helps, I did not have the problem until I got a new Samsung Laptop with Chrome on it. Before I used a tablet. I looked at the site on my computer at work, and the problem was not there. I cannot help but think that it is a problem with the OS in our laptops.
  15. I would have to try to try some of the local patterns like the "yaller hammer."
  16. When I post from my phone it has me as Dr. P instead of DarrellP. Not sure how to fix that. Anyway, I want to continue with the swap with the previously posted Oct 15 due date. My new address is Dr. Darrell Phillips 7890 NW Westside Rd. Carlton, OR 97111
  17. My two cents. First you need to sit on a stump and figure out exactly what YOU want to accomplish with Youtube. Second, you need to figure out your intended audience. Third, you need to over-communicate. Voice, captions, lists. One pet peeve of mine is recipe's. Always list what you use and perhaps discuss alternatives. Be sure to always give credit to the original creator of the pattern, if known. This is just common courtesy. I like Chug's idea of FAOL tie along videos. Perhaps you could also do some reviews. For instance, I think we all like FTD products. Not a lot of videos about them. They are great substitutes for more expensive products, and some are unique. You might make a video using their product and send it to them. They might help you get an audience by connecting to you. That is one example. Another might be finding synthetic substitutes to tie old standby flies. Another would be a series on frugal fly tying. Use of cheap materials. Think Mikechell. (half joking), Don't worry, just be yourself and you won't look like you are copying anyone. However, study different videos and steal what you like and avoid what you don't/ Good luck and don't quit!
  18. DarrellP


    Buying it with your own money will make it more valuable to you. That is great investment. It is great seeing you young guys getting into this. You tie very well for any age person. Enjoy!
  19. Mike, it sounds like you are the most pragmatic and least sentimental person on earth. Your approach is much more efficient than mine. Lot's of good responses on here. I too have a fairly good library of books that I enjoy.
  20. I was looking at fly patterns in a book and tried to enlarge it by spreading my fingers over the photo like I do on my tablet screen. What a weird development. Amusing. I really enjoy fly tying books and have a pretty good library, but I find myself going to the web more and more often. I find that Youtube is most helpful if you stay away from the "yahoo" crowd. Some of the people on here (Norm and others) have put in a ton of time on their websites and they offer great, expandable photos as well. Another good point is that I can enlarge the font on my computer, as my eyes weaken. I don't think that books are going away, (i certainly hope not) but our relationship with them seems to be changing. Also, print media has fallen on hard times to some degree. Many of my subscriptions are on-line now, if offered, because I don't want to deal with storage of the magazines. I do wonder what using the computer so much (looking at screens) is doing to our brains. I have seen published data that it is not all benign. Do you go to digital sources of information, or a book first when seeking information on fly tying?
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